The Safe Zone Training Program is the University of South Florida's institutionally recognized Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Trans+, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) diversity training program offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The Safe Zone Training Program aims to educate participants on advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community by promoting understanding, support, and inclusivity through interactive conversations and activities.
The Safe Zone Training Program is a four-part training program that educates the USF community on LGBTQ+ identities, policies, and ways to be supportive allies and advocates across campus. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to complete all four parts of the Safe Zone Training Program to create more inclusive environments across the University for the LGBTQ+ community. Trainings should be taken in order, starting with Education Part One and ending with Advocacy. Each section is 2-hours/120 minutes long.
If you have taken the original Safe Zone Training, in it's 3-hour form in the last 3 years, please register for Safe Zone: Education Part Two. Staff and faculty who wish to register for Safe Zone: Education Part Two should email Maria Merrill to override the prerequisite.
Safe Zone: Education Part One is focused on the education the USF community on fundamental terms, identities, and experiences related to the LGBTQ+ community and is the first of the 4-part series.
Safe Zone: Education Part Two is focused on the education the USF community on the USF community on terms, identities, and experiences related to trans+, gender non-conforming, and other queer identities.
Safe Zone: Allyship develops and promotes allyship by teaching models of acceptance, responses to potential situations, and provide visible support to ensure the success of the LGBTQ+ community at USF.
Safe Zone: Advocacy develops LGBTQ+ advocates by educating participants on the history of the LGBTQ+ movement, current local, state, and national policies, laws, and trends affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and how to get involved in affecting positive change.